Jurgen Melzer

U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic loses out at Indian Wells

The 2014 U.S. Open men's tennis champion did not make his triumphant return to the 2015 tour until Saturday's BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

It turned out not to be triumphant.

Croatia's Marin Cilic, who took out Roger Federer in the U.S. Open semifinals and then Kei Nishikori in the final, played on after that with a sore right shoulder, his serving shoulder.

Specifically, he suffered from inflammation around the humerus bone. Still does, just not as much.

A couple of days after he won the Monday night final at Flushing Meadows, N.Y., he was in Amsterdam, playing in the Davis Cup, with his Croatia needing a victory to move into the World Group. That was...